DoctorsHealthPress.com Supports New Study Touting the Benefit of Chocolate on Fighting Insulin Resistance

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The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is touting the results of a new study showing the benefits of chocolate as way to fight insulin resistance.

doctorshealthpress.com supports new study touting the benefit of chocolate on fighting insulin resistance

DoctorsHealthPress.com Supports New Study Touting The Benefit of Chocolate on Fighting Insulin Resistance

The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports that the British research team systematically reviewed the effects of chocolate, cocoa, and flavan-3-ol (the potent antioxidant found in chocolate) on major cardiovascular disease risk factors.

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The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is touting the results of a new study showing the benefits of chocolate as way to fight insulin resistance.

As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin on Monday, April 30, 2012 (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/fighting-insulin-resistance-with-chocolate-2), British researchers have found that chocolate has a “previously unreported” beneficial effect on insulin resistance.

The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports that the British research team systematically reviewed the effects of chocolate, cocoa, and flavan-3-ol (the potent antioxidant found in chocolate) on major cardiovascular disease risk factors.

The researchers searched most of the major medical databases, including Medline, EMBASE, and Cochrane. They looked for randomized controlled trials of chocolate, cocoa, or flavan-3-ol. They contacted authors for additional data to make sure their findings were valid and thoroughly researched.

The researchers found 42 clinical trials that met their search requirements. It was at this point that they made the discovery about insulin resistance being improved by chocolate or cocoa. This effect was primarily due to significant reductions in serum insulin.

As for their initial goal of linking chocolate and cocoa to improved heart function, the researchers found that blood flow was improved, and diastolic blood pressure and arterial pressure were reduced. They also found evidence that chocolate played a moderate role in LDL (“bad”) and HDL (“good”) cholesterol regulation.

The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also reports that as for amounts of chocolate consumed, it seems that blood flow was improved regardless of how much was consumed, whereas the larger the dose of flavan-3-ols, the greater the effects on systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

The researchers concluded that they found consistent benefits of chocolate or cocoa on blood flow and previously unreported promising effects on insulin. They suggest that there needs to be larger, longer-duration, and independently funded trials to confirm the potential cardiovascular benefits of cocoa flavan-3-ols.

Although there was no mention in this clinical trial of different types of chocolate, previous medical research has suggested that dark chocolate contains the most antioxidants.

(SOURCE: Hooper, L., et al., "Effects of chocolate, cocoa, and flavan-3-ols on cardiovascular health: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials," Am. J. Clin. Nutr., Mar. 2012; 95(3): 740-51.)

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The Doctors Health Press believes in the healing properties of various superfoods, like pistachios, as well as the benefits of taking vitamins and supplements, Chinese herbal remedies and homeopathy. To see a video outlining the Doctors Health Press' views on homeopathic healing, visit http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/homeopathy.

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